Famous in song and legend, U.S. Route 66 has long been a tourist draw for New Mexico. Now, a new map provides a bicycle-friendly way to follow the Mother Road at the kind of leisurely pace no longer possible in motor vehicles.
The Adventure Cycling Association, a Missoula, Mont.-based group that organizes cycling tours and produces maps and guidebooks, worked with local cycling groups who helped scout the terrain. The map of the New Mexico route section is available for $11.75 for Cycling Association members and $15.75 for nonmembers, and comes in waterproof, tearproof material. It gives route information, local attractions and details about distances, campsite and bike shop locations and phone numbers.
Established in 1926, Route 66 was a key highway linking Chicago with Los Angeles. It crosses Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The roughly 500-mile section from the Texas border to just west of Gallup on the Arizona side offers an opportunity to experience dramatic stretches of landscape, Indian pueblos, the major cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe and small communities like Las Vegas and Tucumcari.